September is a beaut of a month on Tenerife. The weather is usually perfect with all coasts enjoying temperatures of around 25 to upper 20s Celsius. Skies are generally clearer and it isn’t too hot to enjoy being outside in the sun. It’s also the month of the vendimia (grape picking) which means people are in party mood in the north (when aren’t they in party mode?) where most vineyards are located. Subsequently, the big fiestas are all around La Laguna, Tacoronte and Tegueste. For lovers of food and exotic drinks, the south has two cracking trails, the tapas route in Adeje and the cocktail route in Arona. The south of Tenerife also continues keeps the summer party going strong with Summer Jam featuring top notch DJs in a stunner of a setting.
It’s the month to eat drink and be merry.
The Best Fiestas on Tenerife in September
Fiestas de Santísimo Cristo, La Laguna (5 to 29 Sep)
A serious amount of celebrating takes place throughout the month in Tenerife’s former capital city of La Laguna. Highlights include the annual Los Sabadeños festival featuring the island’s most famous traditional group and friends (7 Sep, Plaza del Cristo, 9pm); then there’s the chariots of fire parade with giants and floats (13 Sep, Plaza Concepción, 8pm); the famous Fuegos del Risco firework display from San Roque Mountain followed by a verbena (14 Sep, 11pm); the La Laguna Solidarity concert with eight acts (20 Sep, Plaza del Cristo, 9pm) and the Festival Alisios Pop (21 Sep, Plaza del Cristo, 10.30pm). There are, of course, all the usual fiesta favourites as well.
Fiestas de Santísimo Cristo de los Dolores, Tacoronte (8 to 29 Sep)
Another northern town where not a lot apart from partying is going to happen this month. Tacoronte’s programme of events is a bit hard to track down (it’ll probably appear in the next few days) but there will be 60 various events throughout the month. The best days for religious processions are the 15th and 22nd. For music and art, the Urban Festival (6 Sep) and the Gala del Arte (13 Sep9 might be worth a look. For general partying and enjoying the best red wine on Tenerife, the Festival de la Vendimia on the 20th is the place to be.
Nuestra Señora de los Remedios, Tegueste (until 28 Sep)
Tegueste parties throughout September with parades, processions, fiesta queens, open air dances and music festivals and wine and mushroom routes. Monday the 9th should be a lot of fun with a giant paella – possibly for the parade of giant heads – and a battle of flowers before a wine fuelled concert (from 6pm).
The Best Festivals and Music on Tenerife in August
Most of the best music fests take place as part of the fiestas in La Laguna, Tacoronte and Tegueste this month but there a few other interesting concerts taking place.
Summer Jam, Siam Park (14 Sep, 3pm to midnight, tickets from €66)
A blistering DJ line up in a great location for open air raves, Siam Park. Real Canario is joined by the likes of R3HAB, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano and Mastiksoul to bring summer to an end (nearly) in hot and sultry style with Summer Jam.
Plenilunio, Santa Cruz (21 Sep, 8pm to 2am)
Plenilunio sounds like an intriguing mix of music, theatre and sport. Six areas around the city will feature live bands and music ranging from jazz, Spanish rock and DJ whilst the city’s arty venues will feature exhibitions. You can either listen to the sounds or join the 5.2km run through the city’s streets under the full moon.
Sport and Fun, Santa Cruz (29 Sep)
Santa Cruz is also the scene of another mix of sport, music and theatre (more than 20 groups and acts) on the 29th with the Sport and Fun day (odd that it’s title is in English) which was supposed to have taken place on the Día de Canarias in May but was postponed because of poor weather.
Teatro Leal, La Laguna
Teatro Leal have Fado and Flamenco covered this month with Célia Leiria on the 20th (tickets from €12) and La Negra on the 27th (tickets from €8).
Foodie and other Events on Tenerife in September
Degusta.me 2013, Costa Adeje (1 to 29 Sep)
Translated it means ‘taste me’ and involves a tapas route and food fairs with a gofio, honey and cheese in Adeje. Probably of most interest is the ruta de tapa (tapas route) which has a whopping 63 establishments participating – that’s a lot of tapas to get through. Another highlight is the IV Feria Gastronómica (gastronomic fair) at the Centro Desarrollo Turístico Costa Adeje on the 27th from 5pm to midnight.
Circus, Arona (5 to 28 Sep)
We don’t know if there’s going to be a guy shot out of a cannon as the poster suggests but we do know there will be Beijing acrobats somersaulting their way around Arona including Los Cristianos at 8pm on the 28th.
Ruta de Cocteles, Arona (12 to 29 Sep)
September is perfect for downing sundowners and the Ruta de Cocteles (cocktail route) provides just the opportunity for trying a whole load of different creations around Las Américas and Los Cristianos . If you want to stick to the one spot wait until the 26th when there’s a cocktail competition at the harbour in Los Cristianos from 7pm. Coctails are €5 with alcohol and €4 without.
Whilst these are our pick of the most interesting events on Tenerife, there is an overwhelming amount of interesting activities on Tenerife each month. Cultural Centres are excellent places to find out what’s happening wherever you are on Tenerife.
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